Academy to Focus on Concept of the Person

VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 13, 2005 ( The Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences will hold its 11th plenary session on the theme «Conceptualization of the Human Person in the Social Sciences.»

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Most of the academy’s 33 members will participate in the meeting, to be held in the Pius IV Casina from Nov. 18-22.

Given the centrality of the human person in Catholic social doctrine, the subject chosen for this year’s plenary session responds to the academy’s need «to examine the extent to which teachings of the various social sciences are consistent with Christian anthropology,» explained the president of the Vatican institution, Mary Ann Glendon.

Speakers at the conference will include Cardinal Georges Cottier, theologian of the Pontifical Household; Cardinal Angelo Scola, patriarch of Venice; and Rocco Buttiglione, who will address the topic «The Human Person in the Philosophy of John Paul II.»

Pope John Paul II established the academy, whose objective is «to promote the study and progress of social, economic, political and juridical sciences in the light of the social doctrine of the Church.»

The Pope names the members who comprise the academy, without distinction to religious denomination.

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